The Rundown for August 7, 2019

TRUMP HEADING TO EL PASO… President Trump is scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, today to offer his condolences and support to survivors of last Saturday’s mass shooting that left 22 dead. The president’s arrival comes as his campaign owes the border city $500,000 from a rally that he hosted there in February. Trump used the rally to build support for a border wall.

WHITE HOUSE SUES CALIFORNIA OVER TAX-RELEASE REQUIREMENT… President Trump and his campaign are suing top California officials over a law that would require Trump to release his tax returns before he can be included on the state’s presidential primary ballot in 2020. The lawsuit argues the California law is unconstitutional as it violates the First Amendment and restrictions on state power. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill last month. It requires all candidates for president to disclose the previous five years of tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot. While campaigning for the presidency, Trump promised to release his tax returns but hasn’t done so. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are named as defendants in the suit.

PETER STRZOK SUES GOVERNMENT… Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has filed suit against the Department of Justice over his firing a year ago. Strzok was relieved of his duties after he sent text messages critical of President Trump. In his suit, Strzok accuses Trump of inappropriately bullying officials into firing him and maintains his First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated.

OHIO GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES GUN PROPOSALS… Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine yesterday introduced a series of proposals to reduce gun violence. He announced a 17-point plan expands requirements for background checks, expands punishment for illegally obtaining a firearm, identifies and monitors potentially harmful individuals, expands mental health care and increases security in public locations. The announcement comes in the wake of the Sunday’s shootings that left nine people dead in Dayton.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR WANTS EPSTEIN CASE EXAMINED… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered an investigation into the handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 sex-abuse case. The governor wants the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to probe the 2008 work-release agreement between Epstein and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and prosecutors. Epstein pleaded not guilty to federal sex-trafficking charges last month and is currently being held without bail at a Manhattan correctional facility.

TONI MORRISON DIES… Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison died on Monday night at the age of 88, family members confirmed yesterday. Morrison was best known for the novels “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye” and “Song of Solomon.” Her latest novel, “God Help the Child,” was published in 2015. Morrison worked for 19 years as an editor at Random House before she turned to writing.

FX DRAMATIZES CLINTON IMPEACHMENT… Former president Bill Clinton’s impeachment will be the subject of the next chapter of FX’s “American Crime Story.” The dramatization will focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and other women central to the scandal. Lewinsky is serving as producer. The miniseries is scheduled to air within weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

N.Y METS 5 – Miami 0… Zac Wheeler 9-6) scattered eight hits over eight innings and the Mets blanked the Marlins for their fifth straight win and 12th in 13 games. Wilson Ramos belted a three-run homer and Pete Alonso added a solo shot.

Milwaukee 4 – PITTSBURGH 3… Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-3 with an RBI double as the Brewers held off the Pirates. Orlando Arcia lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.

Washington 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Kurt Suzuki singled home a run and hit a two-run homer in the Nationals’ win over the Giants. Trea Turner homered with the bases empty.

ARIZONA 8 – Philadelphia 4… Alex Avila stroked a two-run single and homered as the Diamondbacks doubled up on the Phillies. Eduardo Escobar drilled a two-run homer and singled home a run. David Peralta homered with a runner aboard.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – St. Louis 1… Clayton Kershaw (11-2) limited the Cardinals to a run on four hits over seven innings and the Dodgers clipped the Cardinals. Justin Turner’s double scored Joc Pederson with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the third inning.

Chi. White Sox 5 – DETROIT 3… Jose Abreu homered and doubled home a run for the White Sox. Jake Rogers also went deep. Dylan Cease (2-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings.

DETROIT 10 – Chi. White Sox 6… The Tigers outslugged the White Sox to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Jordy Mercer went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and RBI single.

Kansas City 6 – BOSTON 2… Jorge Soler hit a pair of two-run homers as the Royals downed the Red Sox and snapped their five-game losing streak. Jakob Junis surrendered a run on seven hits over six innings.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – BALTIMORE 4… The Yankees got solo homers from Mike Tauchman, D.J. LeMahieu, Didi Gregorius, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin to power their way past the Orioles. Tauchman also doubled home a run.

TAMPA BAY 7 – Toronto 6 (10 innings)… The Rays erased a 6-0 deficit to outlast the Blue Jays. Kevin Kiermaier raced home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning. Danny Jansen, Avisail Garcia and Willy Adames hit two-run homers during a six-run fourth.

CLEVELAND – Texas (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of last night’s Indians-Rangers game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Oakland 11 – CHI. CUBS 4… Dustin Garneau blasted a three-run homer and Matt Olson lined a two-run single during an eight-run top of the second inning that carried the Athletics past the Cubs. Stephen Piscotty also homered with two runners aboard.

CINCINNATI 8 – L.A. Angels 4… The Reds doubled up on the Angels after spotting them an early three-run lead. Tucker Barnhart smacked a pair of solo homers. Eugenio Suarez, Jose Iglesias and Aristides Aquino also went deep.

HOUSTON 11 – Colorado 6… Yuli Gurriel homered twice and drove in three runs for the Astros. Carlos Correa homered and drove home two runs. Yordan Alvarez homered with a runner aboard.

Atlanta 12 – MINNESOTA 7… Freddie Freeman blasted a three-run homer and singled in a run to lead the Braves past the Twins. Ronald Acuña Jr. homered and singled home a run. Brian McCann drove home three runs with a pair of singles.

San Diego 9 – SEATTLE 4… Fernando Tatis’ two-run homer capped a five-run top of the fifth inning for the Padres. Eric Hosmer and Josh Naylor homered during a three-run eighth.

Miami (Jordan Yamamoto, 4-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 6-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-1) host St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 5-6)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 1-3) is at San Francisco (Shaun Anderson, 3-3)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 4-4) hosts Milwaukee (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Jason Vargas, 6-5) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

Texas (Lance Lynn, 14-6/Ariel Jurado, 6-6) is at Cleveland (TBA/Zach Plesac, 6-3) for a doubleheader…
Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 0-2) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 6-9)…
Toronto (Wilmer Font, 2-0) is at Tampa Bay (Brendan McKay, 2-1)…
Baltimore (John Means, 8-6) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 6-6)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 3-7) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 13-5)

Atlanta (Max Fried, 12-4) is at Minnesota (Martin Perez, 8-4)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 13-5) hosts Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-2)…
Oakland () is at the Chi. Cubs ()…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 4-8) hosts San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 7-6)

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